TASS, July 23. The United States is ready to return the arrested diplomatic property of the Russian Federation, but under certain conditions. About it on air of TV channel “Russia 1” said Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“I want [to return], but in their own way. That is, there is a bias in Fielding well, if not conditions, the formulation of some assumptions, any framework in which this can be done,” he said.
Ryabkov stressed that Russia, such a position is unacceptable because the property was “blatantly, brazenly expropriated actually”. “What you can haggle? Come on, give us back what belongs to us by right, by law, by all standards, and then we start to negotiate about something else,” – said the diplomat.
At the end of December 2016, the US administration, then headed by Barack Obama, has imposed sanctions against Russia, declaring persona non grata 35 employees of the Embassy in Washington and Consulate General in San Francisco, as well as with two Russian diplomatic villas in the States of new York and Maryland. Access to the Russian staff of these complexes were banned. The response of the Russian Federation has still not adopted.
The question of the return of the Russian departmenti became Central in the last 17 July in Washington consultations between Ryabkov and U.S. Undersecretary of state for political Affairs Thomas Shannon.